Chimney Inspections | Chimney Sweep Services
Our chimney sweep technicians travel across the Greater Milwaukee area providing chimney inspections & service to towns like Germantown WI, Lake Geneva WI, Waukesha WI, Franklin WI, Racine WI, Cedarburg WI, and Richfield WI.
Have You Had Your Chimney Inspected Yet?
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have your chimney inspected annually to ensure it is in proper working order and functioning safely. You may be due for a chimney cleaning or you may need repairs that could be interfering with the proper use of your fireplace, wood or gas stove, furnace or other oil burning heating appliances. Having a safely functioning chimney and fireplace is of utmost importance since a serious defect can lead to chimney fires or worse. Don’t take a risk, contact Burlington Fireplace & Heating to have your chimney & fireplace systems inspecting by our highly trained and certified sweep technicians.
Burlington Fireplace & Heating utilizes CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep technicians that are fully licensed and insured to perform chimney work in Wisconsin and the surrounding areas. Our professional and friendly employees will arrive on time, in uniform, and in a clearly marked company vehicle. Our high standards of service, impeccable workmanship, and desire to deliver the absolute best chimney services available to our customers have helped make us the local favorite since 1995.
Residents have continued to turn to Burlington Fireplace & Heating for their chimney and fireplace needs, so you will regularly see us driving to homes in Burlington, Milwaukee, West Allis, Greenfield, Waukesha, Muskego, Franklin, Caledonia, Racine, Kenosha, Pewaukee, Menomonee Falls, West Bend, Glendale, Janesville, and Union Grove, WI. There’s a reason your friends & neighbors have come to trust BF&H. Call us today to see what we can do for you and your hearth.
When Should I Get A Chimney Inspection?
If you notice performance issues with your chimney, fireplace, or heating system, it may indicate that there is something in need of repair or service which is not allowing the system to operate as it should. If you notice strange symptoms with your hearth or heating system, don’t delay! Call to schedule an appointment for an inspection immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage may occur which can result in more costly repairs, or even loss of property, injuries, or death. Every year, over $200 million dollars are spent on expensive chimney repairs or fire damage restoration because homeowners were using unsafe chimney and fireplace systems. Don’t get caught up in the statistics- choose to get an annual chimney inspection before it’s too late.
Here are some good times to get a chimney inspection:
- Once you’ve purchased a home- If you’ve recently purchased a house, it’s a great idea to get the chimney & flue system inspected. This is especially important if you are unaware of the last homeowner’s fireplace usage. They may have not recently gotten the chimney inspected and are handing over unsafe conditions.
- You want to upgrade or change your heating system, or add a wood-burning stove. If you are purchasing a new appliance such as a wood or pellet burning stove, upgrading your heating system that can increase heat/smoke output, it’s a good idea to get your chimney inspected to ensure it can handle the new changes effectively & efficiently.
- You haven’t used your fireplace in a long time. If you don’t use your fireplace often, animals, birds, and other critters can find their way into your chimney and flue systems and create blockages or clogs with their nests.
- In the late summer/early fall before you begin the next burning seasons. Harsh winters with a lot of freezing then thawing can take its toll on masonry & liner materials. Summer can also cause any present creosote to dry up and become combustible. Before you begin burning wood or utilizing your heating system, make sure your chimney and all its components have survived the changing weather conditions over the year. An annual chimney inspection will help ensure that the structural integrity of your chimney system is intact and safe to use.
The 3 Levels of Chimney Inspection
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has established industry standards which define each level of a chimney inspection. Here is what you can expect for each level of service:
Level 1 Chimney Inspection-
Many times, a Level 1 chimney inspection is performed in conjunction with a chimney cleaning. This simple inspection ensures that your fireplace & chimney system is safe to use throughout the heating season. Our knowledgeable chimney techs will perform an examination of all accessible interior and exterior components of your chimney, flue and fireplace, or heating appliance connection. We will look at the damper, firebox, smoke chamber, crown & cap, and the masonry and structural elements to ensure structural integrity and proper performance. Our techs are on the lookout for any potential defects that may cause problems. We will also ensure that there are no blockages, creosote or soot buildup, or any other deficiencies in your system. If we do find components that need attention, we will immediately come to the homeowner with any suggested remedies or repairs so that the homeowner can rest assured knowing that their chimney and fireplace system is safe to use.
Level 2 Chimney Inspection-
If a homeowner has made any changes or upgrades to their heating system such as fuel type, chimney relining, new appliance installation, or a replacement furnace, it is recommended that the chimney receives a Level 2 Inspection. Also, a Level 2 Chimney Inspection is also recommended if a homeowner notices problems or poor operation of the chimney & heating system. An in depth look throughout the entire chimney, furnace, or stove system can help locate any problems that may be causing performance issues. All internal surfaces and joints will be inspected for weaknesses that could potentially compromise performance and safety. After the inspection, the homeowner will receive a detailed report that covers all of the findings and any recommended repairs that the qualified service tech feels could improve the safety and performance of your heating system. We will never proceed with any repairs prior to your authorization during an inspection, and are glad to explain in detail all service and repair techniques we utilize to solve common issues a homeowner may face.
Level 3 Chimney Inspection-
For a full assessment of your fireplace & chimney systems, a Level 3 Chimney Inspection may be necessary. This is the most in-depth inspection offered which covers all of the criteria in Levels 1 & 2, but also goes into further detail by accessing every aspect of your heating system. The Level 3 Chimney Inspection may require that portions of the chimney or fireplace system which are of concern be opened up or removed for inspection. This includes bricks, flue pipes, interior walls, chimney crowns, caps or other system components. Luckily, this type of inspection is only necessary in less than 2% of all inspections and are only utilized when early surveys reveal potentially serious problems that require access to site of the problem.